Chronic Illness Triage, aka Sometimes Chocolate Cake IS the Best Remedy

Chocolate Cake from Morguefile

Sometimes, we end up getting drawn into conversations online that deserve more than fleeting visibility. A few days ago, I found myself on /r/ChronicPain in a now-deleted thread that started as a rant from another spoonie who was vehemently disgusted with some of her fellow spoonies who aren’t adequately taking care of themselves, in her […]

How to Take Advantage of’s Free Record Collection Promos

How to Take Advantage of's Free Record Collection Promos

Every so often, will run special promotions where they offer free access to select historical record collections. At the time of this writing, they are currently running the promo for record collections from the Original 13 Colonies for Independence Day weekend, but the advice below will serve as well for any other free access […]

Quiet on My Blog, But Not in My Head

Woman Listening to Headphones, credit Death to Stock Photos

It’s been a rough month or so. May 30 was the first time we had to recognize my dad’s birthday without him. A week and a day later, we remembered him on the first anniversary of his death. I have been in a perpetual state of depression for so long. I thought I might start […]

The Joy of Having a Capsule Endoscopy


Since January 2014, I’ve been through a series of unpleasant procedures meant to determine the cause of my intermittent abdominal pain. My initial assessment had been something to do with my reproductive organs, but it’s revealed itself to be gastrointestinal in origin. The problem is that I still don’t know what the actual cause is, […]

Celebrate National Egg Day with Egg McMuffins from McDonald’s on June 3 (Giveaway)

Egg McMuffin

I have a working relationship with McDonald’s of the Capital District. I had to miss one of their recent events introducing some of their new sirloin burgers because of health issues, and they were nice enough to send me a gift pack in the mail so that I could try the burgers on my own. Now, […]

Who’s an Ambassador for the 2015 Type-A Parent Conference? I Am!

Golden Ticket Holders

I am pleased to announce that I was chosen as a Type-A Parent Ambassador for this year’s #TypeACon! My fellow 2015 Type-A Parent Ambassadors include Anne Parris, Kelly Whalen, Amiyrah Martin, Lisa Lehmann, Nicole Bullock, and Jamie Lieberman.  The Type-A Conference was the first blogging conference I ever attended back in 2009, and I haven’t missed […]

The Opposite of Anger Management?

Bruce Banner Always Angry

After a recent Facebook conversation with Robyn Wright about our respective therapy goals, I got to thinking about how I’ve been struggling with something my psychiatrist has been telling me I need to work on for quite some time: expressing my anger. There is a healthy way to express anger, and a lot of people […]

Everything You Ever Wanted – A Book Review & Giveaway

Everything You Ever Wanted Book Cover

When I received an advanced review copy of Everything You Ever Wanted by Jillian Lauren, I had no idea what to expect from it. I knew it was a memoir about adopting a special needs child, but that generic description hardly does the book justice. I had a hard time identifying with the author, Jillian, at […]

Setting More Realistic Goals For My Health

Setting Realistic Health Goals

For the last two years, I’ve been waiting to get back to feeling “normal” again. Granted, my version of “normal” before May 7, 2013 was still at about 50% capacity of healthy folks’ version of “normal,” but it was still a very manageable lifestyle for me. My job was an at-home desk job. (Thankfully, it […]

What is Christian Humanism?

People - Woman in Straw Hat

A few years back, I tried to start a blog to discuss some of my religious beliefs, having left organized religion behind. Life happened, and it fell by the wayside after only a handful of posts were published. My beliefs are still in a state of flux, but I think it’s worth republishing what served […]